Am I the only one who has endless dreams of dancing in penne pasta?
Well if you’re in any category above or below my pasta sanity level, I guarantee you’ll enjoy this. This recipe came about on a night after my gym workout kicked my butt and my cravings were kicking it even more. There’s something about pasta that just screams homeyness that it’s one of those feelings you just have to give in to.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s not only simple, but it’s *get ready* as low cal as you can get.
YES. I said the evil word on a fatty food blog – low cal! And it’s not even health month! But really, minus the pasta, the other ingredients really aren’t very burdening. So you’re able to enjoy this deliciousness wrapped in a blanket watching tv while all being able to walk not roll off of the couch.
You can always swap the milk for heavy cream but 1) I like my waist 2) I had milk. It would make it creamier and provide a thicker sauce. The thing that does it for me is the sundried tomatoes. I have a slight obsession with them and will put it in anything minus cereal. And Orange Juice. Okay, okay, you get my point. They provide a burst of tangy freshness without overwhelming the creamy sauce; something I’d like to oh-so-modestly title the perfect combination.
So, so very modest.
The best part? It’s perfect for two! Or one, lonely, life-dependent craving…
How To Make Penne Pasta with Creamy Sundried Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup uncooked Penne Pasta
- 1 cup milk/heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded cheese* - attempt to get a pre-packaged one as shredding your own cheese may make give the sauce a curdling effect.
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning - oregano, parsley & basil
- 3 or more sundried tomatoes
- Boil salty water (ALWAYS include salt! Don't add too much but about 1 teaspoon for several quarts will be enough).
- Add Penne Pasta to the boiled water and boil for 8-10 minutes until cooked. Ensure you stir the pasta every now and then.
- Whilst the pasta is boiling, in a separate pan on medium-high heat add 1 cup of milk once the pan is hot.
- Add 3/4 cup of cheese and stir. Allow the mixture to thicken on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
- Add the rest of the cheese at this point and stir (truthfully you could probably add all the cheese at one time, but I do this as an extra kick after the sauce has thickened).
- Add the seasonings and stir.
- While the sauce is mellowing, cut up the sundried tomatoes into bite size pieces. Add to the sauce.
- Allow the tomatoes to hydrate for about 2 minutes in the sauce.
- Add the pasta and stir the sauce over the pasta.
- Serve half into a plate or if you're crazy hungry all and enjoy!